Who would have guessed that in all of Europe, the country probably best known for great food, beaches and relaxed living would rise to the top in egg donation – a specialised area of assisted human reproduction. However, there are many reasons why Spain has become a major player in the global world of fertility – including a positive legal environment, high quality medical care and state of the art research.
Egg donation has become a major trend in fertility treatments due to a combination of social and scientific developments not only in Spain, but around the world. On the social side, our current lifestyles are resulting in more women putting off motherhood until they are older. For instance, in 1965 women had their first child at the age of 22, only twelve years later that age rose up to 28. At the end of the nineties, the average mother gave birth to her first child at 32 and now at 34. This means, that an increasingly higher number of women are now closer to 40 than to 30 when building their family for the first time.
In addition, contraception and divorce allow women to prioritize education and work over family. Also new family models have emerged and it’s no longer unusual to see single-by-choice parents, homosexual parents and of course, older parents.
Scientific development has matched this social evolution, making pregnancy via egg donation a viable option. Ever-advancing egg donation techniques ensure high pregnancy rates independent of the mother’s age. That is the important factor. While pregnancy rates drop dramatically from the age of 35 from an average of 40% to 10% when women reach 40 to 42 years (when using their own eggs), egg donation maintains an average pregnancy probability of over 40% until age 49. In many clinics around the world, particularly in Spain, egg donation pregnancy rates are closer to 70%.
The success rates are not only independent of age, but also independent of other fertility obstacles such as poor responders to stimulating medication, endometrium problems, POF and other infertility related problems.
It is also a very safe procedure, since compared with natural pregnancies it has no higher miscarriage or mortality rates.
So why would one go to Spain for an egg donation treatment?
As previously mentioned, Spain is one of the world’s leaders in egg donation with people travelling from all over the world to its clinics. This might come as a surprise for those who read the news and think of Spain as a country is in trouble due to the financial and euro crisis. However, it is important to note that Spain is and continues to be a leader in various fields of medicine including organ transplantation, heart surgery and of course fertility. This well-kept secret is probably due to its outstanding national health system in conjunction with a thriving and very advanced private sector of medicine
The factors for Spain’s leading position in egg donation research & practice include its favorable legal environment especially in light of surrounding more conservative and religious countries where the process is illegal or very restricted.
Spain’s reproductive legislation is Europe’s most liberal and this has created an increasing flow of reproductive tourists towards Spain – in great part from neighboring countries as well as from all over the world.
But more importantly, there is no shortage of available egg donors in Spain – that is truly what makes it the prime location for future parents coming from around the globe. Spain shows a record of 100 to 150 egg donations per million inhabitants yearly. The fact that donor compensation is higher than in other European countries coupled with the fact that egg donation is anonymous in Spain, probably help to keep it the number of donors available so high.
Will they be able to find a donor who resembles me and how does it work?
Another benefit of egg donation in Spain, in addition to the abundance of donors, is the variety of donors available; there are many different ethnicities, genetic makeups, and physical looks. The Spanish people do not have one ‘common’ look´ and in many cities the donors are students from all over the world.
The reproduction centres use phenotype matching. After having checked if the donor is healthy and has no genetic diseases, the donors are selected according to their physical resemblance to the parents.
The usual phenotype donor program starts with a pool of at least 400 donors. After passing the legal requirements and the recipients’ preferences, some 20 donors are left. Medical criteria lead to one single best donor to fit in with the family and the future parent can start her treatment and start to fulfill her dream of building a family.
There are so many Spanish clinics to decide from, why do so many British patients decide to go to IVF Spain?
In the reproductive arena, there are over 200 specialised centres in Spain: including 38 public and 169 private facilities. Furthermore, there are spa like clinics as our clinic, IVF SPAIN. Spa like clinics have the advantages of a larger clinic but are well known for their quality and personal care to their patients.
The main reasons why patients choose to go to IVF Spain are:
International medical team
The value of a good team
Our team is made up of professionals from many different nationalities. We speak with our patients in their native languages whether it is in person, by phone or e-mail. This ensures clear communication, advice and support from our first contact to the end of the patient’s treatment cycle
At IVF Spain each patient is treated as unique; we take time to get to know the patient´s medical history and we explore all options before a treatment has been decided. This patient centred approach helps the future parents to relax, they know that we are here to help them to fulfill their dream to build a family.
Research and development
As larger Spanish IVF groups, IVF Spain does a lot of research, in order to be able to offer the latest fertility technologies to our patients. Our latest studies include implantation failures investigations were immunology and endometrium issues are investigated thoroughly.
Excellent success rates
Compared to the national average IVF SPAIN has the highest pregnancy rates in all treatments; we stand out in egg donation treatments, with a 75% success rate (Spanish average is at 48%). These high rates are achieved by a combination of four factors previously mentioned: a very competent and international medical team, individualised and personal patient approach and the application of the latest medical technology.
IVF Spain is very proud to share with the Fertility Readers that in over 75% of the cases we are be able to make this dream come true. We hope that we can help you too. Please feel free to contact IVF Spain at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 0034965267890 to speak to one of our personal assistants to organize a free Skype conversation with one of our gynaecologists. We are here to help you.